While I believe that it is important to be mindful every day, the reality of a busy life is that it is easy to forget how much has been given to us. Thanksgiving provides an excellent opportunity to pause and reflect. Our Thanksgiving celebration is always large and boisterous. Our “nuclear family” includes seven children, four of whom have spouses, and two grandchildren. Our slightly-extended family has too many siblings and nieces and nephews to count. My side of the family lives in the south, and celebrates in various configurations. We traditionally host my husband’s side of the family. He is the eldest son and his parents are deceased. We typically open the doors to more than 20 people.
Here is my list.
I am grateful to live in a country where so many people can travel to be with loved ones, and can gather together without fear.
I am grateful that both of my parents are still living.
I am grateful that my children are all healthy, and are leading productive and interesting lives.
I am grateful to have a terrific job at a time when many talented and industrious people are looking for work. The fact that my employer granted me a sabbatical for part of this past year is just icing on the cake.
I am grateful that after the chaos of the last few days the house is all cleaned up, the turkey soup is simmering on the stove, and there is nothing that has to get done today.